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Our History
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-Historic Buildings
-Light Industrial
-Barn Conversion
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Founded in 1974, and based in Llandrindod Wells and Knighton, we are a small award-winning practice offering a broad range of Architectural and Surveying services. Garner Southall Partnership has worked for a variety of clients in the historic buildings, housing, retail and commercial fields together with many individual private commissions.

Over the years the practice has developed particular lines of expertise through on-going involvement in certain specialised types of work and these include restoration and refurbishment of historic buildings, residential development and commercial light industrial buildings.

Regardless of size, each project is given the same meticulous attention to achieve the highest standards of design quality and technical performance, working very closely with our clients and providing a professional service at all stages from concept design through construction details to completion.
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Our history

As 1974 dawned with fuel shortages and the country working only a three day week it was hardly a propitious time to start a new business.

Surveyor Terry Southall had bought out the Llandrindod office of a Hereford firm of architects and asked Mike Garner, then working for Herefordshire County Council to join him in Partnership.The main workload of the practice was house alterations and one off houses.

The Partnership worked from offices in Alpine House, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells and Broad Street Presteigne, from where we also, unusually for architects, operated a building society agency. This tradition has continued with various Building Societies over the years and we currently act for the Dudley Building Society at our office in 3 Broad Street, Knighton.

In 1975 a long association with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society began, which resulted in us designing 15 of the permanent buildings on the Showground including the Society’s offices, Presidents Pavilion, Grandstand and most recently the new Entrance A opened by Her Majesty the Queen this year.

In 1979 the Partnership were joined by Gareth Price from Rhayader, and he became the surveying partner in 2003 when
Terry Southall became a Consultant. The scope of our designs expanded to include industrial and agricultural buildings, public buildings, offices, hotels and housing developments for local building contractors and developers.

Also in 1979 the Partnership’s long relationship with the Development Board for Rural Wales (subsequently Welsh Development Agency) commenced resulting in about 30 industrial units including the Labtech Building in Presteigne, the renovation and conversion of the Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells and most recently advanced factories in Llanidloes, Welshpool and Brecon.

It was inevitable that dealing with alterations to existing buildings we would deal with the particular problems that affect buildings of historical interest, of which there are numerous examples in the locality. Over the years expertise has been gained in work with historic buildings. In spite of this particular expertise our workload remains  broad and still includes the house alterations and one off houses on which it was originally based. We continue to have excellent and often long term relationships with our clients, to whom we extend heartfelt thanks for their patronage and with the building contractors and consultants with whom we work.
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Our Services

The principal services that we offer include:
Historic Buildings Conservation
Residential- New build and refurbishment
Light industrial
Barn conversions

Other services that we can offer include:
Valuation surveys
Condition surveys
Quinquennial inspections and reports
Planning supervisor duties (under CDM Regulations)
SAP rating calculations
Dudley Building Society (Agency in Knighton)

Historic Building Conservation
Garner Southall partnership have established a strong reputation for conservation and historic building work throughout Wales.
Our historic work ranges from small barn conversions through to Grade 2 listed country houses, churches and castles including work on ancient monuments for Cadw (Welsh Historic Monuments) and we have established a strong reputation for the conservation and repair of historic buildings.
From large residential estates to small extensions we have the experience and knowledge to develop projects through from initial conception to completion.
Our services include preparing sketch designs, discussing proposals with our client to ensure their full understanding of the design, submitting Planning and Building Regulation applications, preparing schedule of works, obtaining tenders and finally supervising works on site to ensure a satisfactory completion to your project.
We also have expertise in the conversion, refurbishment, alteration and extension of existing buildings. We treat each project individually and pay particular attention to finding a sympathetic and potential solution to your requirements
Over the years we have been involved and gained expertise in the design of a variety of commercial buildings providing alternative, cost-effective and flexible buildings for a variety of clients.
The types of projects include offices, village halls, retail premises, doctors surgeries and the new entrance to the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society showground in Llanelwedd.
Light Industrial
We have been involved and gained expertise in the design of many light industrial developments over the years throughout Wales.
Barn Conversions
Garner Southall Partnership have established a strong reputation and expertise for converting barns for residential or other use.
Barns of all shapes and sizes, conditions and materials have been converted. Starting with a dimensional survey of the building, we prepare sketch proposals through discussion with the client of their requirements and the limitations of the building. These are then progressed into detail design for planning, building regulation applications and construction.
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Our work has gained recognition in a number of ways:

RICS Building of the Year 2000/Civic Trust Award 2001

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Building of the year 2000, and the Civic Trust Award 2001 was awarded for the restoration of Ty Mawr for CADW (Welsh Historic Monuments) and Powis Castle Estate.
The restoration was of this rare medieval aisled hall house. Discovered some 25 years previously the building, which was built in 1460 as the home of a wealthy medieval household, was being used as a cowshed
To carry out the works, the remains of the timber framed structure were supported by a maze of scaffolding and protected by constructing a corrugated roof over the top.
The building was reconstructed to what it might have been in 1635, keeping the remains of the original timber frame intact.
This extraordinary house is now lived in by tenants, but is regularly open to the public


Civic Trust Commendations

Repairs to Old Burfa Farmhouse, Evenjobb, Powys. Built 1484. Restored 1972-82
A complete oak framed medieval cruck house with a rare close studded wing which had completely collapsed

Repairs to Wegnall Farmhouse, Presteigne, Powys. Built 1601. Restored 1988-89.
This complete oak framed close studded house was repaired and the porch, which was missing, was recreated from a 19c photograph.

Repairs to Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells, Powys. Built 1906. Faience clad Art Deco Garage
Repaired and converted to shops for the WDA.The early reinforced concrete and stell structure had major problems of rusting in reinforcement of the steel causing failure of much of the faience, The structural frame was repaired and new nand made faience fixed to the facades which were restored to their original layout. The open space internally was divided in to letting units and a cycle museum.

Montgomery Design Award
Awarded for 1000sq m of light industrial factory. Unit 8, Parc Hafren, Lanidloes, Powys. Built for the WDA in 1999, this factory was constructed as a speculative unit on a small industrial park.

CPRW Rural Conservation Award
Awarded for repairs to Llanderch Y Cawr, Elan Valley Rhayader, Powys. Built 15c. Repaired 1999
A derelict medieval Welsh long house, Llanerch Y Cawr was sensitively repaired and reconstructed for holiday use.
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Contact Us

Llandrindod Wells Ashby House,
Middleton St,
Llandrindod Wells
Powys LD1 5ET
Tel: 01597 822412/824144
Fax: 01597 822556
Knighton 3 Broad St,
Powys LD7 1BL;
Tel: 01547 520130
Fax: 01547 529199

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